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Old 11-07-2012, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I read somewhere that deer meat should be frozen first to kill parasites. I can't find the info now that I'm feeding 100% raw. Is this true? If it is, who long should it be kept frozen?
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes.. it is usually good to freeze meat for 3 days before feeding to pets.
this video is really informative IMO
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm at work & can't play the video...

What's the purpose in freezing the meat first?
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to remove parasites that may possibly be present
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Oh - well, freezing may kill the bugs, but they'll still be there. Dead/frozen bug bodies.

I freeze about 3/4 of the meat we buy for Ziva, only because I don't want it to spoil in the frig. The remainder gets washed & then I'll usually marinate in something for 1-2 days.
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ya well dead bugs wont harm your dog.. live ones definitely would.. and if you watch the video, she explains that parasites usually exist in the GI tract of the animal and they only become a risk in muscle meat when they travel out of the gut or intestines. so freezing the meat is actually a precaution in case any parasites actually did leave the GI tract and went to the other parts of the body that you would be feeding your dog.
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I'll definitely watch the video after work. Hope people don't think this is an OK practice to do with the meats they eat.
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I would freeze venison first before feeding. I fed a heart that was a couple days old(never frozen) and Kacie became ill...she was also drinking out of a wading pool we had placed our pond plants in temporarily so it could have been the water that made her sick~though she drank out of the pond often with no ill effects, and it was Nov when this happened, so warm water wasn't an issue.

I don't take chances any longer, just freeze a few days now. My BIL who's been a hunter forever, said he would never eat fresh venison organs, always freeze first(old hunter's tale?)
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Thank you for the info!
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I don't take chances any longer, just freeze a few days now. My BIL who's been a hunter forever, said he would never eat fresh venison organs, always freeze first(old hunter's tale?)
Could be - my husband says the same thing.

We feed raw and my husband is a deer hunter so naturally our dogs eat venison. I always freeze it first.
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